Mesopotamia / Kings /
Other spelling: Naram-Suen
Dating of his reign is slightly uncertain, for Mesopotamia of this period variations between different scholars' chronologies can be up to 100 years. The dating used here, is among those placing Akkad furthest back in history.
He made conquests mainly into the mountains to the north and east, and out into the Persian Gulf, thereby maintaining and expanding his grandfather, Sargon's realm.
He improved the temples in Akkad, Nippur and Zabala, and built administrative centres in Nagar and Nineveh. Conquered lands were organized into units directly under his bureacracy, securing effective tax collection.
Although effective, Naram-Sin emerge as megalomaniac, elevating himself to a god, dingir, and had a temple built to himself.
The most famous artefact after him, is his victory stele, depicting his victory over the Lullubi in the Zagros mountains. The stele depicts him as a divine king, it is often held up to be the earliest example of this symbolism.
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